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Dr. Leon Shpanin SMIEEE, FHEA

Senior Lecturer, Electronic and Electrical engineering.


Summary

Dr Shpanin received his MSc degree in Radio Frequency Engineering, at the Azerbaijan Technical University, in 1992 and PhD degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, at the University of Liverpool, in 2006. 

He has over ten years of academic and research experience in the UK in the area of electrical and electronic engineering. Prior to his PhD degree, he also had over ten years of industrial experience in RF communication systems and electronic engineering where he worked in the variety of research, engineer and management positions across the world.


About

Dr Leon Shpanin joined the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research within Materials and Engineering Research Institute, at the Sheffield Hallam University, in August 2018 as a Senior Lecturer in Electronic Engineering. His previous post was in the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing at the Coventry University where he held a position of a Lecturer in Aerospace Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He is currently the Course Leader for MSc Automation Control and Robotics.

Dr Shpanin has also served as a Senior Teaching Fellow in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, developing a few Applied Engineering Programme modules for the undergraduate students at the University of Warwick. His previous positions also included a Senior Researcher in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences, at the Staffordshire University working on development of HVDC circuit interruptions as well as a Research Fellow in Control and Power Systems in the School of Electronic, Electrical and Computing Engineering at the University of Birmingham where he designed the renewable energy systems. 

Dr Shpanin received his MSc degree in Radio Frequency Engineering at the Azerbaijan Technical University in 1992 and Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2006. He has over twenty years of industrial and academic experience in electrical, electronic engineering and RF communication systems where he worked in the variety of research, engineering and management positions in the UK and across the world. He holds a reviewer position in the IEEE Journals of Transactions on Plasma Science (USA), Transactions on Mechatronics (USA) and Transactions on Power Delivery (USA), and EPSRC research funds (UK). He is a Fellow in Higher Education Academy and a member of Higher Education Academy and Senior member of IEEE.

In October 2020 Dr Shpanin received the RAEng Award for the work on next-generation circuit breakers for enhanced performance of UK rail networks.
Please see the following links for further information:

https://www.raeng.org.uk/news/news-releases/2020/november/new-industrial-fellowships-support-research-on-saf

https://www.shu.ac.uk/news/all-articles/latest-news/project-improves-uk-national-rail-network-efficiency


Research

Title: Development of a Novel Energy Efficient Magnetic Scroll Air Motor

Description: In this project, an inventive approach is proposed for improvement of scroll energy efficiency - development of a Magnetic Scroll, which will allow a scroll air motor to work at lower and variable air pressures.

Funding Agency: EPSRC, (EP/H004084/1)
Type of Project: Energy
Start/End Date: 2009/2011
Principal Investigator: Prof. J. Wang
Named Researcher: Dr. L. Shpanin
Principal Investigator Institution: University of Birmingham
Contract Agreement Amount (£): 200k


Collaborators

  • Jaguar Land Rover 
  • Brush Switchgear​ 
  • University of Liverpool
  • Coventry University
  • London South Bank University
  • University of Warwick

Publications

Journal articles

Luo, X., Wang, J., Shpanin, L., & Dooner, M. (2018). A new scroll-type air motor with magnetic spirals. IEEE/ASME transactions on mechatronics, 23 (1), 459-468. http://doi.org/10.1109/TMECH.2017.2749378

Shpanin, L., Jones, G.R., & Spencer, J.W. (2018). Convoluted arc with flux concentrator for current interruption. IEEE transactions on plasma science, 46 (1), 175-179. http://doi.org/10.1109/TPS.2017.2778801

Osuchukwu, N., & Shpanin, L. (2017). Feasibility study of the quadcopter propeller vibrations for the energy production. International Journal of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, 11 (2), 313-319. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1340064

Shpanin, L., Shammas, N.Y.A., Tennakoon, S.B., Jones, G.R., Humphries, J.E., & Spencer, J.W. (2013). Direct current interruption with R L C circuit-convoluted arc interaction. gaodianya jishu/high voltage engineering, 39 (9). http://doi.org/10.3969/j.issn.1003-6520.2013.09.014

Shpanin, L.M., Shammas, N.Y.A., Tennakoon, S.B., Jones, G.R., Humphries, J.E., & Spencer, J.W. (2013). Direct current interruption with R L C circuit-convoluted arc interaction. Gaodianya Jishu/High Voltage Engineering, Volume 39 (Number 9), 2166-2172.

Shpanin, L., Jones, G.R., Humphries, J.E., Spencer, J.W., Shammas, N.Y.A., & Tennakoon, S.B. (2013). RLC-induced current oscillations in convoluted arcs with independently activated magnetic fields. IEEE transactions on plasma science, 41 (10). http://doi.org/10.1109/TPS.2013.2251479

Wang, J., Luo, X., Yang, L., Shpanin, L., Jia, N., Mangan, S., & Derby, J.W. (2011). Mathematical modeling study of scroll air motors and energy efficiency analysis—part II. IEEE/ASME transactions on mechatronics, 16 (1), 122-132. http://doi.org/10.1109/TMECH.2009.2036607

Shpanin, L., Jones, G.R., & Spencer, J.W. (2010). The production of plasma pulses with convoluted arc columns in atmospheric pressure air. IEEE transactions on plasma science, 38 (3), 509-515. http://doi.org/10.1109/TPS.2009.2039129

Shpanin, L., Jones, G.R., Humphries, J.E., & Spencer, J.W. (2009). Current interruption using electromagnetically convolved electric arcs in gases. IEEE transactions on power delivery, 24 (4), 1924-1930. http://doi.org/10.1109/TPWRD.2009.2028812

Shpanin, L.M., Jones, G.R., Humphries, J.E., & Spencer, J.W. (2009). Current interruption using electromagnetically convolved electric arcs in gases. IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, Volume 24 (Number 4), 1924-1930.

Shpanin, L., Jones, G.R., Spencer, J.W., & Djakov, B.E. (2008). Control and Propulsion of an Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Ring. IEEE transactions on plasma science, 36 (5), 2795-2800. http://doi.org/10.1109/TPS.2008.2004269

Djakov, B.E., Shpanin, L., Spencer, J.W., & Jones, G.R. (2007). Propulsion of a plasma ring in a rotary arc device at atmospheric pressure. Journal of theoretical and applied mechanics, 37 (1). http://www.imbm.bas.bg/tm/jtam/index.html

Conference papers

Shpanin, L., Jones, G., & Spencer, J. (2019). The Use of Enhanced Electromagnetic Techniques to Assist Current Interruption (Invited talk). In Plenary session of the Current Zero Club, research meeting, Andover, USA. Hosted by Schneider Electric

Shpanin, L., Jones, G.R., & Spencer, J.W. (2018). Computer Simulation of B-Field Flux Concentrators for Rotary Arc Interruption. In 22nd International Conference on Gas Discharges and their Applications, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2 September 2018 - 7 September 2018 (pp. 479-482). http://gd2018.ipb.ac.rs/index.php/proceedings/

Shpanin, L., Jones, G.R., Humphries, J.E., Spencer, J.W., Shammas, N.Y.A., & Tennakoon, S.B. (2014). Empirical model for quasi direct current interruption with a convoluted arc. In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Gas Discharges and their Applications, (pp. 107-110). gd2014: http://gd2014.sciencesconf.org/browse/author?authorid=231637

Shpanin, L., Jones, G.R., Shammas, N.Y.A., Humphries, J.E., Tennakoon, S.B., & Spencer, J.W. (2012). Electromagnetically convoluted arcs for the interruption of quasi direct current. In 2012 47th International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC), Proceedings. IEEE: http://doi.org/10.1109/UPEC.2012.6398645

Shpanin, L., Jones, G.R., Humphries, J.E., Spencer, J.W., Shammas, N.Y.A., & Tennakoon, S.B. (2012). Arc plasma convolutes produced with independently activated magnetic fields. In Conference proceedings - EAPPC 2012/BEAMS 2012, 4th Euro-Asian Pulsed Power Conference, 19th International Conference on High-Power Particle Beams, September 30 - October 4, 2012, Karslruhe, Germany. Karlsruhe: KIT: http://www.eappc-beams2012.org/

Shpanin, L.M., Jones, G.R., Humphries, J.E., & Spencer, J.W. (2012). Electromagnetically convoluted arcs confined within an annular gap between two PTFE cylinders. In 19th International Conference on Gas Discharges and their Applications, Beijing, China, (pp. 234-237).

Shpanin, L.M., Shammas, N.Y.A., Tennakoon, S.B., Jones, G.R., Humphries, J.E., & Spencer, J.W. (2012). Quasi direct current interruption with an electromagnetically convoluted arc. In 19th International Conference on Gas Discharges and their Applications, Beijing, China, (pp. 90-93).

Shpanin, L.M., Tennakoon, S.B., Humphries, J.E., Jones, G.R., & Spencer, J.W. (2011). Manipulation of electromagnetic arc plasma convolutes in air at atmospheric pressure. In IEEE UK & RI Pulsed Power Symposium, Loughborough, UK, (pp. 1-4).

Shpanin, L., Jones, G.R., Spencer, J.W., & Deakin, A.G. (2010). Further study of electromagnetically convoluted arc plasmas in atmospheric pressure air. In 2010 IEEE 26-th Convention of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Israel, (pp. 000156-000159). IEEE: http://doi.org/10.1109/EEEI.2010.5661900

Shpanin, L.M., Jones, G.R., Spencer, J.W., & Humphries, J.E. (2010). Convoluted arc column formation with moving electrodes. In 18th International Conference on Gas Discharges and their Applications, Greifswald, Germany, (pp. 162-165).

Luo, X., Wang, J., Shpanin, L., Jia, N., Liu, G., & Zinober, A.S.I. (2008). Development of a mathematical model for vane-type air motors with arbitrary N vanes. In Ao, S.I., Gelman, L., Hukins, D., Hunter, A., & Korsunsky, A.M. (Eds.) Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering 2008, (pp. 362-367). Newswood Limited: http://www.iaeng.org/publication/WCE2008/

Jones, G.R., Spencer, J.W., Shpanin, L., & Deakin, A.G. (2008). A chromatic analysis of current interrupters. In Jones, J.E. (Ed.) Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Conference on Gas Discharges and Their Applications, (pp. 153-156). IEEE: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/5379304

Shpanin, L., Jones, G.R., Spencer, J.W., & Humphries, J.E. (2008). Electromagnetic arc convolution and enhanced PTFE ablation for current interruption. In Jones, J.E. (Ed.) Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Conference on Gas Discharges and Their Applications, (pp. 133-136). IEEE: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/5379307

Luo, X., Jia, N., Shpanin, L., & Wang, J. (2008). An energy efficient pneumatic-electricity system - modelling study of the scroll expender. In Toal, D. (Ed.) Mechatronics 2008 : proceedings of the 11th Mechatronics Forum Biennial International Conference, (pp. 23-25). Limerick: University of Limerick

Shpanin, L.M., Luo, X., Jia, N., Yin, Y., & Wang, J. (2008). Study of a pneumatic system for energy saving by recycling exhaust compressed air. In 14th International Conference on Automation and Computing 2008, Brunel University, London, (pp. 255-260).

Shpanin, L.M., Luo, X., & Wang, J. (2008). Feasibility study of energy recovery from exhaust compressed air and optimization of scroll air motors. In U21 International Conference on Energy Technologies and Policy, Birmingham.

Shpanin, L., Luo, X., & Wang, J. (2008). Energy saving study of the pneumatic system by exhaust compressed air. In Zhang, S., & Li, D. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Automation and Computing, (pp. 398-403). IAR / Pacilantic International

Shpanin, L.M., Humphries, J.E., Spencer, J.W., Jones, G.R., & Turner, D.R. (2006). The use of spatially distributed magnetic fields for arc control and current interruption at atmospheric pressure. In 16th International Conference on Gas Discharges and their Applications, Xi'an Jiaotong University, (pp. 41-44).

Shpanin, L.M., Turner, D.R., Humphries, J.E., Spencer, J.W., Jones, G.R., & Djakov, B.E. (2006). Formation and propulsion of an atmospheric pressure plasma ring. In 16th International Conference on Gas Discharges and their Applications, Xi'an Jiaotong University, (pp. 5-8).

Shpanin, L.M., Kidman, M.C., Humphries, J.E., Spencer, J.W., & Jones, G.R. (2004). The interaction of high current electric arcs with spatially varying cross magnetic fields. In 15th International Conference on Gas Discharges and their Applications, Toulouse, France, (pp. 183-187).

Book chapters

Jones, G.R., Spencer, J.W., Shpanin, L., & Yan, J. (2020). Chromatic Assessment of HV Circuit Breaker Gases. In Jones, G., & Spencer, J. (Eds.) Advanced Chromatic Monitoring. CRC Press: https://www.routledge.com/Advanced-Chromatic-Monitoring/Jones-Spencer/p/book/9780367409470

Other activities

External Examiner, PhD (2018), University of Liverpool

Since October 2020 (12 months contract), Adjunct Lecturer, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, at UCSI University, Malaysia, https://www.ucsiuniversity.edu.my/
 
Since February 2021, conducts 12 months consultancy work of the Blake UK Ltd, manufacturers and imports products for TV/Radio aerial & satellite reception through the Sheffield Innovation Programme (SIP). SIP is an ERDF funded project which seeks to provide academic consultancy support to regional SMEs.

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